April 4, 2015

Radio stars!

Last week saw the hyper-talented Rachel Kellehar and me celebrate International Children’s Book Day by going to Share Radio.  We talked at length about Children’s Literature, the state of the market, what publishers look for in new work and how […]
September 6, 2015

UKMG Extravaganza!

I am like the proverbial two tailed canine at the prospect of being at the UK Extravaganza – 17th October at Nottingham Central Library.  Do come!  Lots of multi-talented world-famous MG writers…AND ME!
May 4, 2016

There may be dinosaurs!

In 1908 the adventurer, explorer, cartographer, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and occasional spy, Perceval Harrison Fawcett, visited the great sandstone plateaus of the Franco Ricardo hills in Bolivia.  Of the plateaux he wrote, ‘they stood like a lost […]
August 5, 2016

Allan Boroughs is in the jungle – he may be some time…

How much adventure is too much? It’s a question I ask myself again as I prepare to leave for 3 weeks in the Venezuelan jungles.
March 20, 2019

No such thing as MG!

Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us. No reader worth his salt trots along in obedience to a time-table – CS Lewis Ok, so […]
March 24, 2019

Behind the green door – secrets from a writer’s shed

Pt1:  “Lashings of ginger beer” A writer’s inner sanctum is surely the holiest of holys.  The place where creative juices flow and much-loved characters are born, live and die. It is a place where empires rise and fall and magical folk […]
April 5, 2019

My top ten sci-fi reads for teens

Science Fiction was practically my entire life when I was a kid and it’s still one of the most imaginative and exciting genres available to young readers.  Whether you come for the science or for the fiction, sci-fi has something […]
April 25, 2019

My top five aliens

A top five list of aliens?  Out of the wealth of alien-ness available in the field of science fiction how could I possibly settle on only five?  Well, I don’t claim this is a list everyone will agree with but […]
June 9, 2019

‘One small step…’  my top ten moon stories for kids

On July 20th1969, three days before my ninth birthday, I crouched in front of our TV set, mesmerised by the grainy, black and white images of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon.  I watched the footage over […]
January 30, 2020

The best and the worst of sci fi predictions.

Anyone who loves sci-fi (that’s everyone, right?) is looking for a glimpse of the future.  And all sci-Fi writers like to paint big, bold visions of the future that we find exciting, amusing or just plain scary.  So, who has […]
March 5, 2020

BIG BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT!

I am hugely excited to announce that my next book, the first in a brand new sci-fi adventure series will be published by Faster-Than-Light Press on 1st June 2020 and will be entitled STARLESS & BLACK…and the case of the […]
April 30, 2020

Hygiene factors

The essence of packing for the jungle is to travel light.  That is my theory and it seems a sound one.  Packing has been planned, re-planned and honed down to the bare essentials and includes no more than three dry […]